With your call for stimulus checks of $ 2,000, outgoing President Donald Trump he assumes not only positions along the Democratic line, but also those promoted by the most progressive legislators of that delegation in the United States Congress.
Trump, who has been a direct critic of the call “Squad” of the House of Representatives, has been located – “without wanting to” -, in the last hours as a supporter of the economic proposals of figures such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, two of the four legislators of the aforementioned bloc in which all are women, young, with immigrant roots and fierce critics of the Trump Administration.
However, the president’s call on Tuesday through a video on Twitter for Congress to increase the minimum amount of money for stimulus checks gave Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib an advantage, politically speaking.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2020
The duo decided to use Trump’s proposal in their favor by highlighting through tweets that the Republican finally supported the measure that members of the Democratic delegation have promoted for months.
The representatives even introduced an amendment to alter the text already approved in Congress by both houses and include a provision for stimulus checks of $ 2,000 instead of $ 600.
“Let’s do it. @RashidaTlaib and I already co-wrote the COVID bill for $ 2,000 checks, so she’s good to go, ”reads one of Ocasio-Cortez’s messages on Twitter this Tuesday.
“I am glad that the President is willing to support our legislation,” continued Ocasio-Cortez. “We can pass the checks for $ 2,000 this week if Republicans in the Senate agree to end this,” he added.
Bernie Sanders figure
With the move, Trump also approaches the postulates of figures such as Senator Bernie Sanders, who defines himself as a Democratic Socialist.
Sanders has been one of the most vocal characters that in recent days has expressed himself as part of the legislative efforts to promote a minimum check of $ 1,200 dollars.
Along with his colleague, Republican Josh Hawley, Sanders introduced an amendment to the spending law about two weeks ago to add provisions for a second round of $ 1,200 stimulus checks. Instead of the previous figure, at the last minute lawmakers approved minimum direct payments of $ 600, an amount that the White House had previously thrown to Democrats and that Trump now rejects.
Similarly, Sanders also gave the go-ahead to Trump’s offer but not before also summoning the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell.
“This is great. I first introduced the law to provide direct payments of $ 2,000 with Senator @SenKamalaHarris & @EdMarkey 7 months ago. Now, Mr. President, stop Mitch McConnell and his Republican friends from opposing that and we can provide working-class Americans with checks for $ 2,000. Let’s do it! ”, Read a tweet on his account this Tuesday.
Sanders is one of the senators who introduced a bill in May together with the current vice president-elect Kamala Harris to award stimulus checks of $ 2,000 per month. The measure was ruled out in Congress due to the large outlay of money it involved.
17 Progressive Caucus representatives advocated for a $ 2,000 stimulus check
Sanders also endorsed the initiative of 17 members of the House of Representatives Progressive Caucus, who sent a letter to the top leaders of Congress to include $ 2,000 stimulus checks in the bipartisan package that was being evaluated.
The Democrats, led by the spokeswoman of the majority in the House, Nancy Pelosi, were preparing to approve this Thursday by “unanimous consent” a change in the stimulus law to raise the minimum number of payments to $ 2,000. However, the Republicans in that body did not consent, so larger stimulus checks are not viable at the moment.
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